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12 Aug 2022

Putting automation to work in your home

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In the last decade or so, we’ve seen vast improvements in home automation technology. It’s now possible to digitalise the control of everything from opening our front door to watering our lawn. The luxaflex range of smart solutions allows you to automate the control of your window coverings too. 

So how does automation of your window coverings work? What are the options and the benefits? Here’s a quick overview. 

What does automation mean for window coverings?

Essentially, it’s where you have digital tools in place that allow you to mechanically open, close or adjust your shutters without you necessarily needing to be in the same room. 

At one end of the scale, you have simple remote controls which allow you to adjust your window coverings with the touch of a button. At the other end of the scale, you have full PowerView Motorisation – where your window coverings will open, close or adjust according to timers and settings that you can preconfigure on a device. This is great for security when you’re out for the evening, or on holidays, and can also play an important role in helping you protect your interiors and maintain an optimal temperature in your home.     

What types of window coverings can I motorise?

It’s possible to motorise and automate the operation of a wide range of products within the Luxaflex range, including blinds, shades, shutters, curtains and awnings. Simply speak with your Luxaflex consultant to find out if automation will work for your specific combination of window coverings.

What types of automation are there?

There are several options with regards to automation of your window coverings. These include:

PowerView Motorisation

PowerView® Motorisation gives you precise control of a variety of different Luxaflex products and styles. It allows you to move your window coverings up or down, or tilt or traverse your shades or curtains. You access PowerView Motorisation via the PowerView app (available for download on your smartphone, or via one of our stylish Pebble® remotes. Through the app, you can create customised ‘scenes’ throughout your home, and can schedule automatic adjustments to these ‘scenes’ at any time. 

Somfy

Somfy is another trusted name in motorisation, and the Somfy Sonesse range offers ultra-quiet motors. These motors use patented technology to dampen noise and vibration to deliver a new standard in acoustic control. The Sonesse range is available in both wired technology and RTS radio technology motors. Offering the benefits of remote control operation without the need for electrical connection, Somfy's battery powered motors are the ideal solution for hard to reach blinds, when electrical connection is difficult or simply as your introduction to motorisation.

Merger® Solor Motor

The Merger® Solar Motor harnesses the power of the sun to operate the motor for Luxaflex® Evo Awnings. It brings you all the convenience of home automation, combined with the benefits of a truly energy efficient solution. Designed and developed in Australia, the Merger® Solar Motor is powered by a 24v DC battery that recharges through sunlight. The motor's simple integrated design features a discrete solar panel that can be angled for maximum energy collection, which can vary from one home to the next. It can also be installed without an electrician and only requires a few hours’ sunlight a day to charge.  


What are the benefits of automating your window coverings?

Reduce energy consumption

With automation, you can ensure that you’re opening, closing or tilting your window coverings at the most optimal time of day for thermal control. You can either pre-set certain times based on the season, or even activate adjustments based on the weather conditions.  

Convenience

Automated window coverings save you the hassle of walking around your home and manually opening and closing each of your window coverings on a daily basis. This is particularly useful for times when you’re leaving the house early, arriving late, or going on holidays.   

Comfort

Setting automated controls on your window coverings can also help you optimise the temperature and comfort of your interiors – keeping them warmer in winter and cooler in summer. 

Security

Security is a very important benefit of automating your window coverings – enabling you to give the illusion that someone is home, even when you’re away for an extended period. 

How to get started

If you’re interested in finding out more about automated window coverings, simply arrange a consultation today.  

PowerView® Motorisation

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